Sparky, The code only says it can't be in the shower space. It is permitted to be within reach.
404.4 Wet Locations. A switch or circuit breaker in a wet location or outside of a building shall be enclosed in a weatherproof enclosure or cabinet that shall comply with 312.2(A). Switches shall not be installed within wet locations in tub or shower spaces unless installed as part of a listed tub or shower assembly.
I've actually installed a pair of sconces in the tub space in the last two houses I've wired. It was in the plans, and I can't find anything in the NEC to prevent it. They are on GFCI protection, however.
-Virgil Residential/Commercial Inspector 5 Star Inspections Member IAEI
'66 Actually there is a code reference for your sconces actually not the sconces but in reference to :
(3) Bathroom Branch Circuits. In addition to the number of branch circuits required by other parts of this section, at least one 20-ampere branch circuit shall be provided to supply the bathroom receptacle outlet(s). Such circuits shall have no other outlets.
Exception: Where the 20-ampere circuit supplies a single bathroom, outlets for other equipment within the same bathroom shall be permitted to be supplied in accordance with 210.23(A).
.. So the sconces are ok, as far as I cant tell as long as it does not exceed 50 %(210-23)..
Wow, that's some managerie Virgil! Only one cat here at the moment; rescued him as a kitten in Ireland about 3 years ago. Lost another after nearly 9 years to a heart defect -- It's so heartbreaking.
I guess I should have looked up "sconce" in the dictionary before. According to my Concise Oxford version:
sconce: n. Flat candlestick with handle; bracket candlestick to hang on wall [Middle English from Old French esconse lantern, or from medieval Latin sconsa from Latin absconsa fem. p.p. (as n.) of abscondere hide.]
O.K., I live and learn. It makes sense now.
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 05-17-2002).]